Yonatan Shemmer

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Yonatan Shemmer
Department of Philosophy
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Yonatan Shemmer joined the department in 2005. Yonatan completed his PhD in 2002 and since then has held a fellowship in the Humanities at Stanford University. His main interests are the philosophy of action, the philosophy of pratical reason and the contribution of these two fields to Ethics and to the theory of normativity in general.

Yonatan has argued against the view that it is conceptually impossible and psychologically implausible that we have direct control of our desires. He has explored the implication that such direct control of our desires may have for Humean theories of practical reason. In particular, he has agured that such control may enable Humean (and instrumentalist) views to solve problems of cooperation, problems that are usually presented as central reasons for the rejection of these views.

He is now writing a series of articles defending the claim that intrinsic desires are sources of normativity. He hopes that he can thereby strengthen the beleaguered foundations of Humeanism in practical reason.

Qualifications

BA Hebrew University, Jerusalem, PhD Stanford

Publications

Books

  • Shemmer Y (2012) Constructivism in Practical Philosophy. OUP Oxford. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Lenman J & Shemmer Y (2013) Introduction In Lenman J & Shemmer Y (Ed.), Constructivism in Practical Philosophy Oxford: Oxford University Press. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Lenman J & Shemmer Y (2012) Introduction, Constructivism in Practical Philosophy (pp. 1-17). Oxford University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shemmer Y (2012) Constructing Coherence In Lenman J & Shemmer Y (Ed.), Constructivism in Practical Philosophy OUP Oxford RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shemmer Y (2011) Mass Perverse Identification: An Argument for a Modest Concept of Autonomy, New Waves in Philosophy of Action (pp. 98-121). Palgrave Macmillan UK RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shemmer Y (2010) “Mass Perverse Identification” In Aguilar JH, Buckareff AA & Frankish K (Ed.), New waves in philosophy of action Palgrave MacMillan RIS download Bibtex download